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Workday corner: Benefits coverage and overage dependents

There are two situations where your child over the age of 19 is also considered a dependent child and can continue receiving coverage under your UBC benefits plan:

  1. Under 25, not married and a full-time student attending an educational institution recognized under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and is entirely dependent on you for financial support.
  • Confirmation is required annually, before their birthday, and is completed in the Dependents tab of your Benefits Summary in Workday. You will receive an email to your UBC email address asking you to update your child’s student status in Workday. The email will be sent on the first of the month of the child’s birth month (for example, March 1 for birthdays in March).
  • You will need to confirm student status along with start and end dates. Please note that the Student Status end date is the end of the month of your child’s next birthday or the end of the school term in which they complete their studies, whichever is the earlier date.
  • If there are any changes such as your child taking a gap year (non-summer break) or not returning to school, it is your responsibility to make the appropriate change in Workday. Please visit the Making Enrolment Changes page.
  1. Incapable of financial self-support because of physical or mental disability and Disabled Child Coverage approved by Sun Life. There is no age limit for continued coverage as long as your child is:
  • Diagnosed with a disability before age 25,
  • Entirely dependent on you for financial support, and
  • Not married or in any other formal union recognized by law.

You can confirm your child’s disability status in Workday. After your enrollment is submitted, you will receive Sun Life’s form to confirm your child’s disability status. Please note that this form must be submitted to Sun Life for approval within 31 days of your child’s coverage ending.

If you require assistance or support with Workday, please contact the Integrated Service Centre (ISC).


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